News (English) - World Health Organization

Corporate news releases, statements, and notes for media issued by the World Health Organization.

  • Strengthening accountability to end TB

    WHO today released a Checklist to enable Member States and their partners to assess the status of work at the national level to strengthen accountability to End TB, principally: national...

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  • Children’s story book released to help children and young people cope with COVID-19

    Children’s story book released to help children and young people cope with COVID-19

    A new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector. With...

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  • WHO Timeline - COVID-19

    31 Dec 2019China reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province. A novel coronavirus was eventually identified.1 January 2020WHO had set up the IMST (Incident Management Support...

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  • Statement of the Twenty-Fourth IHR Emergency Committee

    The Twenty-fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) on the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 26...

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  • Joint Leader's statement - Violence against children: A hidden crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic

     The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact across the world. Efforts to contain the coronavirus are vital to the health of the world’s population, but they are also exposing children to...

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  • #ThanksHealthHeros - World Health Day Message

    Today is World Health Day! This day is especially poignant as the focus is on nurses and health workers, who are on the frontline of the COVID-19 response across the world. They are the real...

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  • WHO lists two COVID-19 tests for emergency use

    WHO has listed the first two diagnostic tests for emergency use during the Covid-19 pandemic. The move should help increase access to quality-assured, accurate tests for the disease.  It also...

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  • #BeActive for the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

    #BeActive for the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

    FIFA has joined forces with the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in supporting the #BeActive campaign launched on the UN International Day of Sport for Development and...

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  • Virtual Press Conference on COVID-19- 06 April 2020

    Virtual Press Conference on COVID-19- 06 April 2020

    The daily press briefing on coronavirus COVID-19, direct from WHO Headquarters, Geneva Switzerland with Dr Tedros WHO Director-General, Dr Micheal Ryan, Executive Director of the Health...

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  • Updated WHO Information Note: Ensuring continuity of TB services during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Updated WHO Information Note: Ensuring continuity of TB services during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Geneva. The World Health Organization (WHO) Global TB Programme, along with WHO regional and country offices, has developed an updated information note, in collaboration with stakeholders. This...

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  • WHO and partners call for urgent investment in nurses

    WHO and partners call for urgent investment in nurses

    A new report, The State of the World’s Nursing 2020, provides an in-depth look at the largest component of the health workforce. Findings identify important gaps in the nursing workforce and...

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  • First ever State of the World’s Nursing report launched amid COVID19 pandemic

    First ever State of the World’s Nursing report launched amid COVID19 pandemic

    7 April 2020 - Nurses account for more than half of all the world’s health workers, providing vital services throughout the health system. Around the world they are demonstrating their compassion,...

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  • WHO and Global Citizen announce: 'One World: Together at home' Global Special to support healthcare workers in the fight against the COVID-1

    WHO and Global Citizen announce: 'One World: Together at home' Global Special to support healthcare workers in the fight against the COVID-1

    ‘One World: Together At Home’ Global Special to Air on Saturday, April 18 in Celebration and Support of Healthcare Workes, Broadcast to Feature Real Experiences from Doctors, Nurses and Families...

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  • Medical Product Alert N°2/2020 - Updated version of 01 April

    Test de dépistage rapide du VIH falsifié circulant dans les régions OMS des Amériques et de l'Afrique This Medical Product Alert relates to a confirmed falsified human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)...

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  • National Ethics Committees and COVID-19

    National Ethics Committees and COVID-19

    On Monday April 6, WHO will host a virtual meeting to facilitate communication, collaboration and exchange between National Ethics Committees from around the world.

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  • WHO and UNICEF to partner on pandemic response through COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

    WHO and UNICEF today announced an agreement to work together on COVID-19 response, through the historic COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund powered by the United Nations Foundation and Swiss...

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  • Digital technology for COVID-19 response

    Digital technology for COVID-19 response

    WHO has received overwhelming pro-bono support from technology companies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has triggered an unprecedented demand for digital health technology solutions...

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  • Making available free paediatric medicine can accelerate elimination of congenital Chagas disease

    Making available free paediatric medicine can accelerate elimination of congenital Chagas disease

    The donation of an essential antiparasitic medicine can potentially accelerate the elimination of Chagas disease infection in children. A pediatric presentation of benznidazole with accurate...

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  • WHO to continue support for Chagas disease programme that promotes patient self-care

    WHO to continue support for Chagas disease programme that promotes patient self-care

    The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Catalan Ministry of Health say they will jointly support the dissemination of a programme that provides support to patients suffering from Chagas...

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  • World Health Worker Week - April  5 - 11, 2020

    World Health Worker Week - April  5 - 11, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic and other global emergencies show us once again the heroic efforts health workers on the front lines make every day to keep their communities—and the world—safe and healthy. ...

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